Phoenix Beakin'
Phoenix Landing Foundation | September 2020
Upcoming online classes and virtual events
We are continuing to bring our educational events to you virtually! Join us from the safety of your own home. Classes remain free and open to anyone, though donations are always appreciated.
Jason Crean
Jason Crean, M.S. Biology, EdD

Animal nutrition continues to evolve and we need to keep finding new ways to not only enrich our birds nutritionally, but also behaviorally. Though species-specific research, particularly that on avian diets, is lacking, it is no secret that the animals with which we live can thrive on diets that consist of a diversity of whole foods. This talk will discuss the concept of diversifying the preparation of whole foods, providing many ideas as to how to feed a whole food diet. Animals in the wild have access to countless food items and we can do our best to bring our birds from just surviving to thriving through increased dietary diversity and enrichment.

Saturday, September 12, 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. EDT (UTC -4)
NO PLACE LIKE HOME (Online and self-paced)
When we bring a parrot into our lives, from parakeets to macaws, we are offering them a place to call home. What does home mean? For a parrot it might mean a place to be safe, be healthy, have a sense of family, and be provided positive opportunities to live and thrive. This class will address what each of these means to a bird, and give you some ideas about how to continue providing the good life for your bird. This class satisfies our adoption process class requirement. In order for applicants to receive credit for the class, all activities must be completed and turned in.

If you have a varied schedule, or would prefer to spread a class out into short segments over multiple days, this class is for you! Class materials and activities are available September 11 - 28.

Currie Carothers, DVM
Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services

What do PTFE fumes actually do to a bird? Why are cat bites so dangerous? What actually are blood feathers and why do they bleed? Dr. Carothers from Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services discusses common household hazards, what is and isn’t an emergency, and why. She will also give us information on monitoring chronically ill birds, and assessing when they need to see a veterinarian immediately. Interested in setting up a first aid kit for your parrots? She’ll share tips for items to include in one as well.

Sunday, September 20, 1:00-2:30p.m. EDT (UTC -4)
Professor Gerry Beyer
Professor Gerry Beyer, J.S.D., LL.M., J.D.
Texas Tech University, School of Law

What will happen to your parrot if s/he outlives you? What is a pet trust and should you set one up? What other options are available to pet owners? Do you have a plan in place to provide for your bird’s care in case you and your family have an unexpected hospital stay, due to a vehicle accident, COVID, or another reason? Professor Beyer will discuss these topics and more in an informative and entertaining online talk. These are all important considerations for any parrot and pet owner, especially during this time of uncertainty.

Professor Beyer is nationally recognized as an expert in estate planning. He is a prolific writer, having written 25 books and hundreds of articles. He’s also a wonderful speaker!

Saturday, October 10, 1:00-2:30p.m. EDT (UTC -4)
Please visit for details on these and other events!
Adoption announcements
After waiting 14 years, Skylar is adopted!

Skylar came to Phoenix Landing in October of 2006, as a transfer from an animal shelter in Pennsylvania. Skylar had a few foster homes, but was never adopted, and moved to the Phoenix Landing adoption center in Western North Carolina after it opened in 2010.

Skylar loved being around other birds. He really seemed to want a macaw friend, but had the bad luck to always be drawn to macaws who already had friends. And, whose friends weren't keen on having a third wheel nearby.

Skylar was okay with people, and would gently take a treat from someone's hands. But, was still more interested in the birds around him than the people.

Earlier this year, someone came to the adoption center to meet a different bird she was considering adopting, but something about Skylar drew her. Skylar left with her that day.

We are happy to report that Skylar hit it off with the people AND other birds in her home, and his adoption was finalized in August! He finally has the home he's waited 14 years to find! And, as an added bonus, he also has the macaw friend he's always wanted, too. Skylar and Harley are excellent next-door cage neighbors, and enjoy each other's company, as well as showers together.

Congratulations to Skylar and his wonderful family!
Skylar is adopted
Skylar and Harley
Morris African Grey is adopted
More adoptions finalized in August
Congratulations to all!
  • Bella (eclectus)
  • Chickpea (budgie)
  • Dora (Timneh African grey)
  • Morris (Congo African grey)
  • Rainbow (Hawkhead parrot)
  • Rio (blue and gold macaw)
  • Rio (sun conure)
  • Silver (Quaker parakeet)
  • Sonny (green cheek conure)
  • Tucker (Senegal parrot)
  • Webster (Congo African Grey)
Adoptable bird spotlight:
Some of Phoenix Landing's other long-term residents
Some birds need extra special homes. Homes that are obsessed with positive reinforcement training, behavior, enrichment, or who have experience working with special needs birds, depending on the circumstances. These homes take longer to find, but we know that, for the birds, it is well worth the wait!

Interested in adopting a bird? Information about our adoption process may be found at
Milagro the blue and gold macaw
Milagro, age unknown, Blue and gold macaw (FL) [Special needs]
Waiting since: March 2019
Bertie the blue and gold macaw
Bertie, 23 year old, female Blue and gold macaw. (NC)
Waiting since: February 2015
Jasmine the Moluccan
Jasmine, 17 year old male Moluccan cockatoo. (NC)
Waiting since: April 2015
Best wishes to Nicole
Nicole has been an important part of the Phoenix Landing team in NC for more than two years. She has worn many hats, including Landing caretaker, vet tech, cockatoo counselor, educator, enrichment guru, cage wrangler, sous-chef, and more.

She is departing in September for another opportunity and will be VERY MISSED by people and parrots alike! While she will still volunteer, it won't be the same as having her onsite. But, we wish her well in this next chapter! Congratulations and best wishes, Nicole! We know you will soar to even greater heights!
Nicole and Andy
NEW TOYS in the Helping Parrots store
Need some new toys to keep your birds busy? Check out some of the new toy designs we just got in to our Helping Parrots store! View all new arrivals at
Next time you need to order food, perches, or toys for your bird, please think of the Helping Parrots store. When you shop in our volunteer-run Helping Parrots store, you also support the parrots in Phoenix Landing's adoption program. The parrots thank you for it!
Help parrots with a monthly donation
Please consider making a monthly donation of $10, $35, $50 or more to support Phoenix Landing's adoption and education programs! Adoption fees alone don't even cover the veterinary expenses, so every dollar helps. The birds appreciate it! By working together, we can help more birds.
Interested in volunteering?
The parrots need YOU!
If you are interested in getting involved, but are not sure how, here are some of our greatest volunteer needs:

Parrot taxis - Help parrots get to new homes or foster homes. Transport for donated items like cages or play stands is also always needed.

Storage - Do you have even a 3' x 4' space in a garage, basement, or bonus room that could be used to store donated cages or other supplies for adoptable parrots?

Phoenix Landing Wish List

Donated items may be sent to Phoenix Landing Foundation, 31 Landing Place, Alexander, NC 28701.

Please drop us a note at if you purchase something for us, including if you'd like a thank you note, as vendors do not always provide information on who generously purchased something for us. Thank you for helping parrots!
A huge thank you goes to everyone who donated items from previous wish lists in the last month to Phoenix Landing! This includes the donations of travel cages, nuts, food (including ingredients for birdie bread and mash), a Happy Light, toys, toy parts, perches, a climbing net, cleaning solution, and monetary donations! Together, we help more parrots.